Leeds chairman Ken Bates is currently negotiating a deal to sign Finland international Mikael Forssell.

Forssell recently spent two weeks with Simon Grayson's squad at Thorp Arch and flew back to Leeds following Finland's Euro 2012 qualifying defeat to Holland on Tuesday to discuss terms.

Bates told Yorkshire Radio: "We're negotiating to sign Mikael Forssell. He's a very good player.

"I had him (at Chelsea) when he made his debut at 17 and scored two goals. He's 30 so he's still young, footballer-wise. He's fit, he's strong, he's big and he wants to play in England.

"He's turned down a chance to go to Greece and he wants to play for us. We're hoping we can tie that one down."

Forssell has been a free agent since leaving German side Hannover 96 in May.

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